Business Support and Advice

Advice, Support and Guidance to grow your business is available from a number of our partners and wider network of support including those below:

Herts Growth Hub

The Herts Growth provide free access to  business advice and support, including sourcing funding from a team of experts, as well as access to a network of specialist advisers regionally and nationally to support all your business needs. The Growth Hub also provides a wide array of business support resources and regularly supports events to support peer to peer learning and networking.

Herts Chambers of Commerce

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce provide an innovative programme of events and forums to open doors and connect world class business leaders to enhance their reputation and brand, whilst supporting the evolving needs of SMEs to sustain their existence and grow.

1-2-1 Business Mentoring Programme

Free support for your micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to bounce back through a free and confidential 121 mentoring programme from an experienced business and industry mentor.


Comprehensive government guide to help you grow your business from GOV.UK, including how to increase sales, improve products/services

The Herts Growth Hub Market Place

A free opportunity for your business to promote your services and support through Market Place to reach new customers and access local suppliers for advice, services and support.

CompeteFor contract service

Free support to help your business compete for major public and private sector contracts including Crossrail.

The Herts Growth Hub Market Place

A free opportunity for your business to promote your services and support through Market Place to reach new customers and access local suppliers for advice, services and support.

CompeteFor contract service

Free support to help your business compete for major public and private sector contracts including Crossrail.

Federation of Small Business (FSB)

Membership organisation supporting small businesses and the self employed with legal, financial and tax advice, support as well as networking meetings to support growth.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Free advice and support for small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses, including making efficiencies and improvements, increasing productivity, strategy development, finance, leadership, marketing and sales, people and skills and much more

Get Enterprising

Free growth support programme for your early stage business in Hertfordshire. Specialist 121 business advice, skills training webinars and training workshops, access to finance and funding, networking opportunities and events.

ScaleUp Institute

The ScaleUp Institute works collaboratively with a number of partners including policy makers, corporates and finance players to ensure a fertile environment to    entrepreneurial spirit and    provide your business with access to programmes to support you start, scale up and grow your business.

Co-operatives UK

Network of UK co-operative businesses, supporting your business with advice, support and resources to develop and grow your co-operative business. Access to HR, culture, governance, marketing and training.

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies

Marketing Donut

Supporting your small business to succeed with acess to Marketing Strategies, Online Marketing, Sales agents and distributors, Media advertising, Customer Care and support to attract new customers and direct marketing.

Research and Development tax relief

Research and Development (R&D) reliefs support companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology. It can be claimed by a range of companies that seek to research or develop an advance in their field. It can even be claimed on unsuccessful projects.


Support from mentors to help develop ideas for growth, access support with skills, expertise, experience and contacts.

Innovate UK

Expert support for innovative UK businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success,

Innovate UK EDGE

Bespoke expert advice to grow your business, commercialise new ideas and exploit innovation, intellectual property, enter new markets at home and succeed in international markets, access funding and finance and get investment ready.

Innovation networks

A forum to support innovators share knowledge, experience, mindsets and approaches, including opportunities to collaborate

Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

GOV.UK Support with importing goods to UK

Step by step guide

National Enterprise Network

Support with developing business ideas through network of specialist members.

Information on Patents, trademarks, copyright and designs

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Free advice clinics on how to develop a trademark.

IP Advice Clinics

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys offers free basic advice for early stage businesses develop an idea.

The Intellectual Property Office Events Calendarof Trade Mark Attorneys

Free business support seminars aimed at improving knowledge about Intellectual Property.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership – university of Hertfordshire

Help your business innovate and grow in the UK by linking you with an academic or research organisation and a graduate to develop your ideas.

Catapult Centres

Successful commercialisation of innovation underpins high growth. The Catapult Centres help businesses adopt, develop and exploit innovative products and technologies. This is where your R&D can hit the road.

Exporting Guide

Exporting guide to support your business move goods from the UK to international markets

Department for International Trade

Advice, support and guidance to support your business export, reach international consumers and access export opportunities to overseas buyers.

Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK are the largest network of social enterprises in the UK and provide support to build markets for social enterprises, as well as raise campaigns to support members.

Tech Nation

Growth platform for tech companies and leaders, with access to scale up programmes to support growth including sector networks in Applies AI, Cyber Security, Fintech and Net Zero.

Enterprising Women

Supporting, connecting and empowering women in business, including support with mentoring, coaching, resources and access to funding.

Importing Support

Access importing support.

Help to Grow: Management - UK

Training support to help SME business leaders to increase productivity, seize investment opportunities and grow their business.

Help to Grow: Digital

Access free, impartial online support about how digital technology can boost your business’s performance. If your business is eligible, you can also access a discount of up to 50% towards the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000.

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